Last week the U.S. Departments of Transportation and Energy announced a $5 billion spending plan to roll out electric vehicle charging access across the United States.
The two departments plan to spend $1 billion a year for the next five years to help states create electric vehicle charging stations along designated roadways, which should cover the bulk of the U.S. by 2025.
“A century ago, America ushered in the modern automotive era; now America must lead the electric vehicle revolution,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg, in a statement last week. “The President’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will help us win the EV race by working with states, labor, and the private sector to deploy a historic nationwide charging network that will make EV charging accessible for more Americans.”
There's $615 million available to states this year alone -- and all they have to do is fill out an EV Infrastructure Deployment Plan to access the funds. Information about how states can tap all of this Federal money can be found on a new Drive Electric website that's the hub for information on the joint DOE and DOT initiatives.
The government had already designated Alternative Fuel Corridors over the past six years and it's those interstates and highways that will be the skeleton for electric vehicle charging in the U.S., according to a statement.
“Americans need to know that they can purchase an electric vehicle and find convenient charging stations when they are using Interstates and other major highways,” Deputy Federal Highway Administrator Stephanie Pollack said. “The new EV formula program will provide states with the resources they need to provide their residents with reliable access to an EV charging station as they travel.”